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The agoutis of the genus Dasyprocta are locally known as "cutias". See also Hutia, where the name for these rodents originated.

Himalayan cutia (Cutia nipalensis)
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Leiothrichidae
Genus: Cutia
Hodgson, 1837
Type species
Cutia nipalensis[1]
Hodgson, 1837

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The cutias are the passerine bird genus Cutia in the family Leiothrichidae. These birds are found in montane forests of continental South and Southeast Asia.[2] The name is derived from the Nepali name khatya or khutya for the type species, the Himalayan cutia (C. nipalensis).[3] The cutias are related to the alcippes and the laughingthrushes.


For a long time the genus was held to be monotypic, containing only a single species C. nipalensis. This has more recently been split in two:[4]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Cutia nipalensis Himalayan cutia Himalayan region, from India to northern Thailand.
Cutia legalleni Vietnamese cutia Laos and Vietnam.


  1. ^ "Leiothrichidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  2. ^ Collar & Robson (2007)
  3. ^ Pittie (2004)
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Laughingthrushes and allies". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  • Collar, N.J. & Robson, Craig (2007): Family Timaliidae (Babblers). In: del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew & Christie, D.A. (eds.): Handbook of Birds of the World, Volume 12 (Picathartes to Tits and Chickadees): 70-291. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
  • Pittie, Aasheesh (2004): A dictionary of scientific bird names originating from the Indian region. Buceros: ENVIS Newsletter Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 9(2): 1-30. PDF fulltext
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